Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Why Take Pictures of Food? & What I Ate Wednesday (A Day of Vegan Eats)

It's What I Ate Wednesday once again. Sometimes I hear people (on TV and in life) make fun of others who share photographs of their food on their blogs and social media. And I get it. It's not the most thought-provoking content. But food is important. It nourishes and sustains us, and it gives us pleasure too.

As a plant-based eater, I guess a lot of the reason I share photos of my food is to show people just how easy vegan food can be to prepare. For those who are new to a vegan or vegetarian diet, the change can be daunting. It's really quite simple though and it's only a matter of developing a solid routine, but it can take time. That's why I'm here to show that even the lazy cook (that's me) can eat a well-rounded, plant-based diet with minimal effort. I'm certainly not perfect - I would benefit from more fruits and veggies in my diet on many days - but I've got a few years (two decades) of vegetarian eating under my belt.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Books For Makers From DK (With A Giveaway)

There are so many creative pursuits I'd like to try for the first time or get back into - sewing, crocheting, knitting, embroidering, weaving. I feel like I'd make a great retired person. Or lottery winner. But then I probably wouldn't do much beyond eating pasta on my patio in Tuscany. I digress.

DK Canada knows that March is an ideal time to get out your craft and activity books, for kids and adults alike. DK offers a wealth of fine books for makers of all ages. While we're technically out of hibernation, we're not quite into the really nice weather, so it's a good time to hang indoors with a hot beverage and explore our creative sides. Hopefully we can crack open a window or two and craft while fresh breezes flow.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What I Ate Wednesday, March Break Edition (With A Day of Vegan Eats)

Last week was March Break for my kids so I took the week off from work. I didn't do any freelance writing or updates here on the blog. I barely even took any photos of my food. Well I did, but I used my phone...and I took the pics quickly, because food. My daughter and I travelled a bit to visit family and we ate lots of delicious restaurant meals.

Because I didn't do a What I Ate Wednesday post last week, I am sharing some highlights from the last two weeks. My many restaurant meals started with an amazing vegan spread at Vegan Danish Bakery (above). I met Lisa, The Viet Vegan, to have a chat and sample vegan goodies. We split two sandwiches - the Danish pâté sandwich and a vegan tuna sandwich. They were both very tasty. I also had blueberry cheesecake and a decaf soy latte. I definitely feel the need to go back there soon.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

What I Ate Wednesday (A Day of Vegan Eats)

We are blissfully snow-free here at the moment. Let's hope it lasts! The kids are on spring break next week and I'm hoping for little to no snow and "warm," sunny days. Cross your fingers. Foodwise, we'll be in need of lots of snacks next week. My daughter has always been a grazer. She basically eats about every 20 minutes. We're either going to have to do a good shop at Costco or bake up a bunch of treats. (I prefer the latter, but we shall see.)

In terms of meals this past week, we've kept it pretty simple (as usual). This rice dish, above, is a perfect example of what I tend to eat when I have no leftover meals for lunch. I did have leftover cooked rice and roasted asparagus, so I turned it into a stir-fry, with the addition of frozen mixed veggies, baby spinach, Bragg's liquid soy seasoning and nutritional yeast. It's a tasty lunch that cooks up in about five minutes.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A Spring Home Tour (2018)

We cracked open a couple of windows on the weekend and it felt like spring was so close I could taste it. Smell it actually. And what I smelled was mud. The kind of mud that comes from a lawn that spent months buried under heavy snow. Maybe it's a smell that can't compete with roses, but it's nevertheless quite welcome in these parts. And open windows - that is living the dream! Even if they are only open a crack, and only for a couple of hours.

With spring on the brain, I'm happy to participate in the Canadian Bloggers Home Tour, spring 2018 edition. Thank you to our hosts, Shannon of Home Made Lovely and Christina of The DIY Mommy for organizing the tour. New homes will be posted each day this week, so be sure to come back and visit the other bloggers through the links at the bottom of this post. My sincere thanks as well to the wonderful people at Afloral for sponsoring this post. If you are in need of spring floral decor touches for your home, be sure to peruse Afloral's gorgeous (and affordable!) wares.

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